A United States Post Office employee working in Cape May County is alleged to have misappropriated tens of thousands of dollars in postal funds for his own personal use.

42-year-old Austin T. Mahan, of Cape May Court House, was acting as a post office supervisor in Somers Point and Sea Isle City when, over a six-month period between 2022-2023, prosecutors say he used official USPS credit cards to buy all kinds of items, including a Dyson cordless vacuum, gift cards, power tools, and even personal hygiene products.

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All in all, his illegal purchases amounted to about $65,000 and now faces federal charges for his actions.

Mahan appeared before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the Camden federal courthouse Tuesday before being released on $50,000 unsecured bond, according to U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger.

If convicted, Mahan faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum potential fine upwards of $250,000 or 'a sum equal to the amount of value of the money or property misappropriated from the offense', the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey reports.

It can't have been worth all Mahan is dealing with now just to allegedly buy silly little things like fog lights for his vehicle or shaving cream and shampoo on the post office's dime. He's probably regretting all of it now.

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Having said that, we remind readers like you that Austin T. Mahan remains innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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